19 Dec 2019 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 12 Nov 2018 n° 124/2018 Italy

Deputy Prime Minister Di Maio and former MP Battista Insulted Journalists

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
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On 10 November 2018, the Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio and the Five Star Movement MP Alessandro di Battista insulted Italian journalists on social media. They published two long posts on their official Facebook pages calling Italian journalists “infamous jackals” ("infimi sciacalli") and “whores” ("puttane", "pennivendoli"). Luigi Di Maio has also announced his intention to draft a new law to restrict the activities of publishers. The Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana (FNSI) has called for public demonstrations in major cities across Italy to protest in the strongest terms against the use by elected politicians of such inflammatory and insulting language against journalist, and to demand significant reforms to the country’s laws and practices to protect the freedom of the press.
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19 Dec 2019
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